The 12th Andover (West) Scout Group

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We are based in the Andover District in North Hampshire. Our Group meet at the Scout Hut on West Portway in Andover (see contact for more details).

Our group consists of Beaver, Cub & Scout sections and in addition, one of the District Explorer units also meets at our hut as well as a Networks section.

We have a great hut with lots of facilities, a large car park and a wonderfully large outside space that is fully and safely enclosed, allowing us to hold camps and many events within our own grounds.

The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people and help them achieve their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individual, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

This website is continuously being added to so please browse it regularly to find new information on the 12th Andover (West) Scout Group.

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Fun stuff to do whilst we are temporarily closed

Over the coming weeks our young people are going to have plenty of spare time on their hands. Our leaders should be contacting you all to give your youngsters the opportunity to still get involved if they wish to do so and at the same time the wider Scouting Team have come up with a site that contains lots of terrific ideas for activities that anyone can have a go at. You can find out about all of these ideas by clicking HERE Go on Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, have a... read more

Information Regarding the Coronavirus

Updated March 16th (All meetings cancelled until further notice for 12th Andover as well as the 3rd and the Explorers who also meet at the hut) We are sure that you are all aware of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus and in order to keep you up to date with how that is impacting the 12th and 3rd Andover Scout Groups as well as the Explorer group who meet at our hut we will be keeping this item updated. Please visit this site for the latest news or contact your section leaders. We are following the latest advice given on both the Government and NHS coronavirus sites. You can find links to these sites below and on the ‘Links’ section of this website. The UK risk level is currently at ‘high’. After the government briefing on March 16th we have been instructed by the national Scouting Association that with immediate effect we must stop all face-to-face activities UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. This is a very regrettable situation but one that we all expected. We cannot say currently when we will start meetings again but we will inform you when then eventually happens. We expect this to last at least 12 weeks. Regarding paying monthly subscriptions we realise that your young people will not be attending and so if you wish to stop payments for the time being then that is understandable. However, if there is any way at all that you are in a position to be able to continue your payments even though we are not meeting then we would be extremely grateful as we still have many... read more

Front signs at the HQ updated with new Scout logo

The Scout Association has recently updated it’s logo and we have already added a large sign to the side of the hut with the logo on but during half-term the large signs at the entrance to the site have also been updated to bring us right up to date. We hope you like... read more

Skip completes 10 years at the 12th

Our long serving Scout leader Stuart (Skip) was awarded his 10 year service badge this week by our Group Scout Leader, Seán (Bagheera). Stuart has actually been here even longer than that but it has taken a while to get the badge awarded. Congratulations Skip and thank you from all of us at the 12th for all your hard work over so many years. Here’s to the next 10... read more

Beavers have a sleepover/camp at the 12th HQ

The Beavers had a great time this weekend at the annual winter camp. The day started with everyone completing a plan for something that they could later make from junk modelling.  The main criteria was that it had to be a machine that could “do something”.  There were some very creative, clever and detailed plans produced along with a list of the materials that they would need to use to make them. Next the Beavers moved on to making sock puppets.  They had a large selection of craft materials that they could choose from to make their puppets and what a great job they did.  With the puppets created, it was time for each group to plan and rehearse a puppet show.  This activity ended with each of the four teams performing their puppet show to the rest of the group.  Some Beavers were a little nervous of doing this but everyone took part and did an amazing job.  The puppet shows really were very entertaining. The weather was so kind to us that we were able to get outside and play some games, plus they fitted in some team games inside as well.  They all enjoyed chatting over dinner before then working together to get the dishes washed and dried. The evening was rounded off with hot chocolate, putting the tents up, pyjamas and teeth brushing before snuggling up to watch a film. A very big thank you to everyone that helped out this weekend, we really do appreciate it.  The biggest thank you of all though must go to Rowan for all the time she has spent... read more

Beavers donate to Macmillan Cancer Support

Our wonderful Beavers spent some of last year doing all sorts of sponsored events such as a hike and selling things in order to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity which provides dedicated nurses for people who are ill as well as financial support for those with the disease who are in need and many other things. Brian (the chap in green in the photo) who is a Macmillan volunteer (and who has been awarded Macmillan volunteer of the year on 2 occasions) came along to speak to the Beavers about what Macmillan do and to hand out small gifts to the young people. After this the Beavers handed over a cheque to the charity and they had collected the amazing sum of £1083.20 What a terrific achievement by all our Beavers (with a little parental help no doubt). We are so proud of what they have done and thank you to Rowan, Kirsty, Hawkeye and all the parents who helped too. More details of how the money was raised are shown below (thanks to Kirsty) …… The 12th Andover (West) Beavers have been very busy fund raising. As part of their badge work the Beavers were required to select a charity that they wanted to raise money for.  They then needed to decide how they were going to fund raise for their chosen charity.  After a group discussion the 12th Andover (West) Beavers decided that they would like to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  They also decided that they would hold two events to raise funds.  The first event was to be a night hike... read more